Community Innovation & Leadership Finalists

Each finalist is a woman employed in technology, science or engineering who has devoted her own time and resources, or marshaled those of her company or organization, to support community organizations or non-profits. Awarded to one outstanding woman who has created or encouraged a culture of giving at her company or who has volunteered her time outside her workplace.

AUNDRYA MONTGOMERY

Community Innovation & Leadership Winner

Occupation
Research Assistant
Organization
University of Connecticut
Hometown
Florence, AL
Passion
Aundrya aspires to enter the field of clinical academics as a pediatric surgeon.
Bio
Aundrya earned her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut where she worked to develop engineering strategies applicable to fingertip injuries. Her current research includes evaluating pediatric esophageal tissue engineering techniques and identifying the prevalence of obesity and its comorbidities among transgender youth. Aundrya also maintains an active role in outreach initiatives as a member of the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals.
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RACHEL PETRO

Community Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Mechanical Design Engineer
Organization
Pratt & Whitney
Hometown
Glastonbury, CT
Passion
Rachel has a passion for developing collaborative solutions to design and manufacturability challenges.
Bio
Rachel has a passion for engineering and a love of helping others to grow. She works at Pratt & Whitney, where she is currently a design engineer supporting suppliers and operations. She is an active member in the P&W Hispanic Leadership Forum and serves as community relations chair. Rachel has been able to engage with the community developing and leading programs to introduce and nurture an appreciation for STEM.
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MARANDA WONG

Community Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Commercial Engines Deputy CIPT, MPE
Organization
Pratt & Whitney
Hometown
Brookline, MA
Passion
Maranda is a Materials/Project Engineer experienced in developing materials solutions to improve processes, manufacturing and technology.
Bio
Maranda is the Commercial and Advanced Military Engines CIPT Deputy and ACE (Quality) Deputy Manager in the Materials & Processes Engineering department for Pratt & Whitney. She plays a key role in integrating MPE technology with the different modules for the GTF and Advanced Military Engines. She mentors and coaches project management skills and reinforces use of ACE tools to aid in everyday problem solving to help drive the business.
Read Maranda’s feature on the Connecticut Technology Council blog
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